Re-Imagining Suburbia: Droog's Levittown Open Houses

Re-Imagining Suburbia: Droog's Levittown Open Houses

Sarah Coffey
Apr 27, 2011

A collaboration between international design company Droog and architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Open Houses is equal parts conceptual design exhibit, fundraiser, and voyeuristic open house. Staged on April 23 in Levittown, Pennsyvlania, the event imagined a future suburbia — one in which homes could become communal pantries, working farms, and neighborhood storefronts.

Architects and designers collaborated with the homeowners on these projects, and Droog says "over $1500 was raised by the homeowners." The unifying concept behind the nine open houses involved adapting each residence "to incorporate a service that is open to the public."

  1. Vacation Practice by Alex Schweder La with Jessica Rivera and Adam Bandler: Designers printed vacation images on fabrics and draped them throughout the home, allowing visitors to "rehearse potential vacations against curtained backdrops throughout the house and yard."
  2. Block Pantry by Janette Kim and Erik Carver with Gabriel Fries-Briggs: An external pantry designed to be used by the whole block, this "collective cupboard encourages homeowners, tenants, and neighbors to trade goods for services."
  3. Bright Dawn Farm by Freecell (Lauren Crahan & John Hartmann): Working together, the designers and homeowner transformed a suburban backyard into a working herb farm.
  4. Attention Clinic by Claudia Linders: This project is an "homage to the Monty Python Argument Clinic" — rather than pay for arguments, neighbors and family members could use the clinic to make time for one another.
  5. House of Signs by The Living (David Benjamin & Soo-in Yang) and Livia Corona: A conceptual house-turned-sign-company that advertises itself, "this home business serves other home businesses, helping to build the infrastructure necessary for a new suburban economy."

For more information about the Open Houses project, click here.

Photos: Naho Kubota | Droog

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